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Mother and son team up for Presque Isle’s newest recreational marijuana store

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Presque Island, Maine – Presque Island’s newest cannabis entertainment store will have a mother’s touch.

That’s because mother Bonnie McGinley and son Matthew Ryan are business partners at the Royal Leaf Apothecary at 418 Main St.

Royal Leaf is the second adult marijuana store in the Aroostook County Mall, and one of a total of seven stores located or in the suites on Presque Isle. Medical marijuana retailers such as Star City Wellness and Northern Maine Flower have done exceptionally well on Presque Isle, and Full Bloom Cannabis has had success there growing the market for adult cannabis use.

McGinley had the idea to open a marijuana store in 2016, when voters in Maine voted approved a referendum Allow the sale of recreational marijuana.

“I realized that I had the qualifications that people in Maine asked for,” McGinley said. “I am a Miner resident, and I have childish roots in Orono. I have been a member of Medicaid Marijuana Providers in Maine since 2017.”

McGinley has no outside support and provides all the capital to the business. She has also done the research and done the necessary checks to make sure that she and her son are operating in accordance with the laws and regulations of the state.

With an outline of the new business, McGinley looked to her son to be her right hand. Ryan was in Seattle when his mother visited him to discuss the project, and he was working for an outerwear company, where he worked for 20 years.

“I missed my mom,” Ryan said. “My sister is also in Bangor, so that was a real draw for the family. After speaking with some contacts in Seattle, where marijuana has been legal since 2012, I was able to see that this could be a very successful business, so these were two motivating factors for me.” to join.”

The two divided the work of running the store. McGinley oversees business development, making sure it meets state standards and has the equipment to run it. You’ll stay in Bangor, traveling between southern and northern Maine to find the best selection of cannabis products for the store.

Ryan will live on Presque Isle and take on a management role while continuing to build the store and its brand. Both Ryan and McKinley said city officials helped them a lot during the process of setting up the store.

While there are three marijuana stores open in the city — two medical and one recreational — with more on the way, McGinley and Ryan are embracing competition as positive for the region and consumers.

“Matt and I believe the competition is healthy. However, we prefer working collaboratively with the other marijuana companies in town rather than competing against them. We had the pleasure to meet the owners of Full Bloom Cannabis, which is the other for adults

shop on Presque Isle,” McGinley said.

Although both companies operate as adult marijuana stores, each will offer distinct products, expanding the general choice of consumers in the same market.

Royal Leaf will not grow or manufacture its own marijuana products. Instead, McGinley and Ryan will focus on buying produce from reputable farmers, and bringing them to Presque Isle.

The store itself is well maintained and decorated in a modern rustic hybrid style. Customers are welcomed with multiple screens containing information about different strains of marijuana, their different effects, and the unique qualities of indica, sativa and hybrid blends.

“We are friendly people,” Ryan said. “Come, meet us, and see the store. This may or may not be your thing, but perhaps retain judgment as much as possible until you find out.”

The official ribbon will be cut in store at 11am on January 4, 2022.

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